Bhagavad gita
A manuscript illustration of the battle of Kurukshetra, fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, recorded in the Mahabharata.Wikimedia Commons

The BJP-led Haryana government has decided to include Bhagavad Gita in the state's school curriculum. In regard to this matter, the government has approached the School Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) to recommend verses from the Gita, which could be included in school textbooks.

According to The Indian Express, the proposals of the SCERT will be forwarded to an expert committee under the leadership of retired school teacher and right-wing education activist Dina Nath Batra.

"We have referred the matter to the SCERT for their perusal. It is up to them to propose from which level Gita can be introduced at school level," the daily quoted TC Gupta, director general of higher education, as saying.

The verses, which are likely to be introduced as part of the school curriculum from the next academic session, would be translated to Hindi and English as the school children in Haryana are not familiar with Sanskrit.

However, the final decision on the matter would be taken by the Batra-led educational consultative committee.

The government also plans to impart the Sanskrit language in schools for which about a thousand teachers are likely to be recruited.

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